ATLANTIC CITY – While Governor Christie is in town for the ground breaking at the new Stockton Campus, local residents, workers, faith & civil rights leaders held a press conference to send a message to him that the state takeover has a significant negative impact on a host of issues impacting Atlantic City.
“Privatization has a long history of failing workers and taxpayers in New Jersey” said NJ State AFL-CIO President Charles Wowkanech. “Time and time again, whether it’s the privatization of the State Lottery, the DMV or auto inspections, the road of privatization contracts “gone bad” is a long one. The privatization of the Atlantic City Municipal Utilities Authority (MUA) would bring with it traditional “reforms” such as immediate reduction in workers’ wages and benefits. And although privatization often promises minor savings up front as an enticement to enter into the contract, in the long term, taxpayer costs and user fees are increased and services are reduced” concluded Wowkanech.
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The negative impact of the state takeover in Atlantic City is drastically impacting workers, residents, and businesses. We have already seen the state pursue drastic cuts to public safety, including police and firefighters. Now, the looming threat of privatization at the Municipal Utilities Authority threatens to undermine services further. Simply stated, the harsh realities of the misguided state takeover of Atlantic City are setting in and growing.
In need of a union hotel in central or northern New Jersey? There are now plenty of options to choose from thanks to the recent organizing victories of the Hotel Trades Council. We have added these newly organized locations to the New Jersey State AFL-CIO shop union page, which includes a complete list of hotels and other services.
By booking union, you won’t just receive top-of-the-line hospitality services, you’ll also be supporting good jobs that build stronger communities. The Hotel Trades Council is doing great work to uplift and empower our state’s working families, and the New Jersey State AFL-CIO is proud to recognize their ongoing success and welcome our new brothers and sisters from the following locations to our union family:
Today, the New Jersey State AFL-CIO stood in solidarity with our AFT brothers and sisters in the Council of New Jersey State College Locals, along with students and community activists for a day of action at the College of New Jersey and at public colleges across the state. More than 10,000 faculty members, staffers and librarians have been working without a contract since July 2015 due to Governor Christie’s defunding of higher education. Our brothers and sisters in the AFT College Council mentor thousands of young men and women in our state, yet they are taking home less due to increased health costs and stagnant pay. We need to invest in our teachers, higher education, and our future.
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“People before politics” wasn’t just a feel good motto recently when 11 out of 12 New Jersey members of Congress (all Democrats and four of five Republicans) expressed their opposition to AHCA (Trump/Ryan care).
We extend a heartfelt THANK YOU to Democrats Norcross, Sires, Pallone, Watson Coleman, Payne, Pascrell, and Gottheimer. And to Republican Members LoBiondo, Smith, Lance, and Frelinghuysen - a special thank you for putting your constituents first.
Time is running out, and we need to muster our strength as a labor movement to oppose the confirmation of Neil Gorsuch to the Supreme Court. Call 844-899-9913 now and urge your U.S. Senators to stand with working families and oppose Gorsuch.
Today is Equal Pay Day, but rather than being a day to celebrate, it is a reminder of the continued work that is needed to reduce the wage gap between men and women in our country. Congressman Donald Norcross, our union brother, is an unwavering advocate for pay equity, and we encourage you to read and share his below op-ed, reinforcing the need to address wage inequality.
As you will read, this is not just a women’s issue, this is an issue that impacts our families as a whole. There are commonsense steps we can take right now to close the pay gap, and we are committed to working with our steadfast allies like Congressman Norcross to achieve justice.
Just as Trump’s health care plan would have been a disaster for the country, his choice of Neil Gorsuch to serve on the U.S. Supreme Court poses a similar threat to all working families. Call 844-899-9913 now and urge your U.S. Senators to oppose the nomination of Neil Gorsuch to the U.S. Supreme Court.
This past Saturday, March 25th, Atlantic City’s concerned community came together to raise awareness of the public safety issue the city faces. The New Jersey State AFL-CIO and our affiliates, alongside Atlantic City’s firefighters, police officers, and community activists, handed out flyers to visitors at the Boardwalk to warn them about drastic budget cuts to public safety departments. Together, with our brothers and sisters in public safety, we discussed the impact of budget cuts with patrons of the boardwalk and how critical it is that they contact their state legislator to fund public safety in the city.
In one of the first major showdowns between working families and the regressive White House agenda, the people claimed victory. Your solidarity is what made the critical difference. When first introduced, most Republicans fell in line with their party. But by writing, calling, and pressuring Congress to vote “No”, working families made their voices heard. One by one Congressional support dwindled, ultimately resulting in the bill being pulled. Once again, this would not have been possible without the persistent and united efforts of the labor movement and its community allies.